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Last Updated: Saturday, 30 July, 2005, 15:37 GMT 16:37 UK
Weather forces Australia to wait
Tour match, New Road: Worcestershire v Australia 4-0

Australia opener Matthew Hayden (left) and Worcestershire skipper Vikram Solanki
Matthew Hayden (left) is yet to face a ball against Worcestershire
Persistent rain at New Road meant only one over was possible on the opening day of Australia's three-day tour match against Worcestershire.

The tourists were put into bat and reached 4-0 thanks to Justin Langer's boundary off Kabir Ali's first delivery before play was abandoned.

The tourists made five changes from the side which beat England at Lord's.

Stuart MacGill, Michael Kasprowicz, Shaun Tait, Brad Hodge and Brad Haddin came into the side.

Star performers Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee, Damien Martyn and Adam Gilchrist were all rested.

Worcestershire face the prospect of a loss of 30,000 in revenue because a full ticket refund policy comes into effect when 10 overs or less are bowled in a day's play.

The hosts fielded their strongest available side with the exception of Shoaib Akhtar, who is not fully fit.

England one-day spinner Gareth Batty was unable to play because of a bruised wrist suffered in the defeat at Northamptonshire last weekend.


Worcestershire: V Solanki (capt), S Moore, S Peters, G Hick, B Smith, Z de Bruyn, G Batty, K Ali, J Pipe (wkt), M Mason, N Malik, R Price.

Australia: R Ponting (capt), M Hayden, J Langer, S Katich, B Hodge, M Clarke, B Haddin (wkt), J Gillespie, M Kasprowicz, S Tait, S MacGill.


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